Jim’s second blog post

I appreciate all the kind words from you all on mine and my band’s behalf. All the PMs on Facebook are sweet and encouraging. It’s always nice to hear from old friends and meet so many new ones. The New Dylans clearly left a great impression on people and I am honored that you all still appreciate what we do. We can’t wait to get out there in some form or fashion to see you all again or meet you for the first time. Plans are shaping up and in the works t o do just that.
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We’ve heard from friends as far away as Leeds England coming to The Belcourt Theater show (tix available at LIVE on the website) so I really hope it will be worth their trip and hope we all have a great night. Many of the messages I’ve been getting these past few days however seem to be so somber and desperate with everyone so concerned for us about how hard it must be be doing this now and asking if I/we are alright. Shit, we’ve been doing this for 30 years and it’s NEVER been alright or easy. I tell everyone you’ve got to be nuts to get into this business in the first place, but if you have the calling you have no choice. Music is and always has been and always will be my life, my passion, my obsession, my healer and my biggest comfort. The business on the other hand, sucks and always has. The only difference in the business now versus 25 years ago, 10 years ago or even 5 years ago is that now for once, the labels and publishers are in the same boat as all the artists and writers they’ve been fucking over all these years. If you don’t believe me, talk to Chuck Berry or Little Richard or Howard Kaylan of The Turtles or hundreds of other musicians about their royalties. Artists have never been fairly compensated for their art. That is a fact and sad as it may be and important a discussion as it is, I do want to be positive for a just a moment if I may…and hope it doesn’t sound self-serving….just to say……
WE ARE ALL REALLY PROUD OF OUR NEW RECORD AND IT IS ACTUALLY A REALLY HAPPY TIME FOR US! We are celebrating a great moment in our band’s history and I am very hopeful we will be able to navigate whatever comes our way. Im also very hopeful of the future of music in general. There are so many great bands and artists and writers out there and so much great new music being made that I hate that this part of the “new normal” is not talked about more. There will be good and bad delivery systems just like there is good and ┬ábad music to be heard on them. Judging from what I am seeing though from my friends and from people whose music I follow, I’m confident that we will all be okay as long as we continue to make music from our hearts. So thank you to The Tennessean (Nate, Sam and Karen) for telling The New Dylans’ story, and also the story of the current state of the music business. Please keep listening, buying and supporting new music, but don’t be afraid of change. After all, it’s the only thing that always stays the same.

  1. Bradford Gulley

    Hey Guys!
    Just finished watching the documentary about The New Dylans……such memories! Stage Band, Chuck, Dan (Wha? Wha?) Sheaffer, the town, your mom’s basement, and of course…..the vibrant music scene we grew up in. Was talking with Ralph H. and we are actually considering coming up to see the show at the Struthers. Imagine that….you sharing the same stage that I saw “Yoda” on in 197something. Keep working that line, I have a feeling that good things are coming to “The New Dylans” pretty soon. Take Care!

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